Seattle is the latest city to ban plastic straws

Jul 04, 2018, 7:53 AM EDT
(Source: D Coetzee/flickr)
(Source: D Coetzee/flickr)

Seattle has become the first major U.S. city to ban plastic straws, utensils and cocktail picks, and businesses failing to comply with the new law may draw a fine of $250.

We have already dumped some 150 million metric tons of plastics into the Earth’s marine environments, which is lethal not only for the aquatic world but also the humans as microplastics enter our food chains, notes Futurism.

The outright ban by Seattle comes amid a global push to squeeze the amount of single-use plastics that’s tossed up in landfills. The U.S. has a long way to go in imposing a universal ban given that the restaurants and retail industries are opposed to the idea and have already resisted a similar move in Hawaii, writes The Straits Times.